Ireland beat Paraguay 2-1; Czechs hit the Americans for four; Tae Se Jong shows North Korea’s fight in Greek draw; Aliyev & Shevchenko hit doubles as Ukraine batter Lithuania

Ireland 2 – Paraguay 1 (International Friendly, May 25, 2010) Kevin Doyle nodded the Irish into a 7th minute lead against Paraguay when the Wolves striker had the simple job of tapping the ball over the line after Roque Santa Cruz headed a Duff free-kick against his own crossbar. The Irish went 2-up before the break against the World Cup bound South Americans when Liam Lawrence cracked in a second in the 37th minute. (First half goals here.) Paraguay halved the deficit in the 58th, Santana played neat one-two with Morel before playing Lucas Barrios and the Dortmund forward fired into the bottom left corner from the edge of the box on his international debut.

United States 2 – Czech Republic 4 (International Friendly, May 25, 2010) The States took the lead in the 17th minute when Stuart Holden’s free-kick was converted by Rangers’ Maurice Edu after poor goalkeeping from Petr Cech. Goals from Tomas Sivok (44) and Jan Polak (58) turned the match for the Czechs. (First half goals here.) Substitute Herculez Gomez equalised for the hosts, but a shaky American defense conceded twice more as Martin Fenin and then Tomas Necid led the Czechs to victory. (Second half goals here.)

Post match analysis from Alexi Lalas & Jurgen Klinsmann can be seen here.

Greece 2 – North Korea 2 (International Friendly, May 25, 2010) Greece can flying out the traps against North Korea as Konstantinos Katsouranis scored from a free-kick after just three minutes. The North Koreans levelled midway through the half when Tae Se Jong cracked home a beauty from outside the box that looped over the keeper and into the net. The Greeks started the second half in exactly the same manner as the first, this time it was Angelos Charisteas who scored following a set-play. But again the North Koreans refused to back down and Tae Se Jong scored his second excellent goal of the match with a solo stunner in the 51st.

Ukraine 4 – Lithuania 0 (International Friendly, May 25, 2010) Oleksandr Aliyev was the first half hero with a brace, the first  a 30-yard free-kick that the keeper should have saved and his second a clinical first-time shot connecting with a left-wing cross. Andrey Shevchenko notched a second half brace to kill the match, his first a penalty and his second a low drive from inside the Lithuania box.

Armenia 3 – Uzbekistan 1 (International Friendly, May 25, 2010) Ajax’s Edgar Manucharyan netted a brace to lead Armenia to victory.

Montenegro 0 – Albania 1 (International Friendly, May 25, 2010) A 20-yarder from Hamdi Salihi 11 minutes from times settled the match for the Albanians.